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The Best Football Players Ever

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One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Jerry Rice

    1962 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1954 More
    98
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Joe Montana

    1956 More
    98
  4. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Sanders

    1968 More
    97
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jim Brown

    1936 More
    89
  6. 6
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    Down 156
    1976 More
    88
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    1959 More
    87
  8. 8
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    1961 More
    81
  9. 9
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    often listed
    Dan Marino

    1961 More
    80
  10. 10
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    often listed
    John Elway

    1960 More
    80
  11. 11
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    1977 More
    79
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Unitas

    1933 More
    79
  13. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    Brett Favre

    1969 More
    77
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Joe Greene

    1946 More
    76
  15. 15
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    Dick Butkus

    1942 More
    76
  16. 16
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    Deion Sanders

    1967 More
    76
  17. 17
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    Emmitt Smith

    1969 More
    75
  18. 18
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    1975 More
    74
  19. 19
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Otto Graham

    1921 More
    73
  20. 20
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    1959 More
    73
  21. 21
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    1948 More
    71
  22. 22
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    1976 More
    71
  23. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sammy Baugh

    1914 More
    71
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Deacon Jones

    1938 More
    70
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    Adrian Peterson

    1985 More
    70
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jack Lambert

    1952 More
    70
  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gale Sayers

    1943 More
    69
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Eric Dickerson

    1960 More
    69
  29. 29
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    1927 More
    69
  30. 30
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    1955 More
    69
  31. 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bart Starr

    1934 More
    69
  32. 32
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    ranked high on reranks
    Rod Woodson

    1965 More
    68
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    1961 More
    68
  34. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Troy Aikman

    1966 More
    68
  35. 35
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mike Ditka

    1939 More
    68
  36. 36
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    1977 More
    68
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Don Hutson

    1913 More
    67
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Singletary

    1958 More
    67
  39. 39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Marshall Faulk

    1973 More
    66
  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ray Nitschke

    1936 More
    66
  41. 41
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    1952 More
    65
  42. 42
    Up 54
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Ham

    1948 More
    65
  43. 43
    Up 55
    Down 39
    1940 More
    64
  44. 44
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    Down 45

    ranked high on reranks
    Chuck Bednarik

    1925 More
    64
  45. 45
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    Down 67

    ranked high on reranks
    O. J. Simpson

    1947 More
    64
  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gene Upshaw

    1945 More
    63
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Smith

    1963 More
    63
  48. 48
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    ranked low on reranks
    Marcus Allen

    1960 More
    62
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John Hannah

    1951 More
    62
  50. 50
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    1942 More
    62
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